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Kapittel Abt - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Paquette on 11-29-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden orange colour with fizzy head. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Smooth drinking middle mouthfeel. Seems like a discount on the 10% abv. Good Belgium with fruit, some bannana and peach and spice and pepper melange. Mild citrus.

Obtained through Belgian Shop.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before 12/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but nothing really stands out in terms of aromas or flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with a crazy fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing that quickly slips down the sides of the chalice

Smell: Spicy white pepper, hazelnuts, apple, pear and banana but way too much fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts with a spicy apple/banana flavor that is joined by the bubblegum yeast flavors, mid-palate; after the swallow, the peppery spice pokes in, providing a unique level of bitterness in a tripel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: The best of the Kapittel beers, by far

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful Belgian Tripel Ale with a bold hop presence that proves as floral and fruity as bitter and balanced.

A solid golden colored beer shows a medium haze while releasing a sturdy eggshell white head and shows good staying power. Similar in appearance to Chimay White.

Fruity and spicy to the nose. Apples, lemons, appricots, and pears lead the way while white pepper, curacco, and corriander add soft and zesty spice to the beer. A mildly sweet confectionate backdrop offers an insight to the malts and sugars that Tripels enjoy.

Flavors of the candied fruits give the initial impressions while the hop flavor gives even more rise to the herbal, floral, and citrusy hops. Spicy flavors and bitterness rise later and provide a clean and crisp finish for a Tripel.

Creamy and medium-full early. But when the bitterness, spiciness, and alcohol becomes prevailant, the beer cleans up for a crisp and refreshing finish for a 10% beer.

A solid Tripel that has all the ingredients, balance, and proportions of the great ones and with a hoppy character that makes hop-heads proud.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle – Poured a hazy golden brew with a huge head with perfect retention. Carbonation is excellent with bubble coming back on top minutes after the beer was poured. Aroma is very floral with some sweetness in the background; no alcohol aroma even though this is quite strong. The mix of spice is great with a nice mix between sweet (honey?) and something a bit stronger that I can’t quite distinguish. Again, the alcohol is not detectable which I always appreciate from stronger beer. Overall, this has to make you appreciate strong Belgian Ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. At first, I thought this was the St. Bernardus stuff, but apparently there are other brewers in that little part of Belgium, with similar design paradigms.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and finely bubbly off-white head, which leaves but a few instances of lightning strike lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, pear compote, white wine must, bready yeast, coriander, clove, candi sugar, and a wee whiff of warming alcohol. The taste is more buffed up pale and caramel malt, an indistinct drupe fruitiness, muddled clove and pepper spice, banana chips, a heady earthen yeastiness, and simmering booze.

The bubbles are still well in play, keeping things tickin' along, the body a hefty medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, but for the encroaching heat of the alcohol. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel and booze providing an unsteady representation as such, while the spice and yeast continue their anarchic takeover plot.

An adequate Tripel, the booze just a bit too informing on the whole affair, which is usually what gets me about this whole style. It isn't all that pushy here, but enough, that despite the overall warming pleasantries, I would have to toss this on the remainder pile.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a three-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy and yeasty with a touch of grain.

T - It tasted very spicy with a yeasty bite. Good blend of grain and caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty nice tripel. I'm glad I was able to find a single 11.2 oz bottle to sample in Topeka, KS.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Riotously carbonated, abundantly yeasty, radiant orange. The beer is amazingly active, with yeast particles swirling about, being jostled by frentic, uprushing bubbles. In fact, it looks like a carbonated, just shaken snow globe. The bone white cap is airy to start, then compresses into a rocky, bubbly disk while depositing mere dribs and drabs of lace on the glass. It's an interesting look for a tripel, but not that far removed from the usual.

The nose is classic for the style. There's lots of boozy golden fruit, in the form of apricots, peaches and pears swimming in a light candi sugar syrup that has been spiked with fruit brandy. Musky hops are appreciated, as is a clove spiciness that is on the low end for the country of origin.

Het Kapittel Abt is definitely good beer. First of all, even though this bottle has some age on it (I'm drinking it during its 'best by' month), I can appreciate every bit of the 10% ABV. Alcohol will often mellow over time, but if this one has mellowed, it must have been a ripsnorter in its younger days. I like my tripels strong and powerful, as long as alcohol is a well-integrated part of the otherwise full-flavored whole. As it is here.

As far as specifics, apricots (or is it peaches?) continue to lead the parade. There's a more upfront peppery, clovey spiciness on the palate as well. In fact, the flavor profile is the nose squared; everything is noticeably more vivid. Although the beer is more a collection of parts than a seamless whole, those parts come together well enough. If you like your tripels to be perfectly civilized and smooth around the edges, look elsewhere.

The mouthfeel is appropriately full and leans towards lightly syrupy on the longish finish. In spite of the visual fireworks after the initial pour, it isn't all that buzzy. Its energetic nature is perfectly in keeping with everything else about this no-holds-barred beer and is, therefore, welcome.

Brouwerij Van Eecke, in my estimation at least, brews 'hit or miss' beer. Het Kapittel Abt is a very nice version of the tripel style and is a definite hit. Aged over fresh seems the way to go.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abt pours a hazy orange-gold body beneath a two-fingered head of bright white foam that settles by one finger to a creamy cap. The head retention is excellent, holding a thin lid throughout the entire glass. The lacing, however, could be a bit better but it does leave some short walls of lace that slip readily back into the beer after each sip, and some wide splashes of lace that initially stick to the sides of the goblet.

The nose is somewhat perfumey, sweet, and peppery. It's bready and doughish with a touch of must, a bit of sugar candy, some spiciness, and a smear of background floral, spicy, and leafy hops.

It's effervescent, very-fine-bubbled, natural carbonation leaves it spritzy on the tongue with a medium body.

The flavor offers the same bready, dough-like (w/ a mild note of vanilla) malt that the nose suggests; with a sugary side that's balanced by a solid bitterness, some peppery spiciness and phenolics (clove), a spritz of citrus, a handful of spicy hops, and low-key alcohol. It's rich but not full, and quite vibrant if not perfectly rounded - but a tripel needs a little bit of bite to it to grab your attention.

This is an excellent tripel with an interesting hoppy and spicy side that's similar to their hommel bier. Very nicely done!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed in 't Velootje, Gent, Belgium. Not a great bar for reviewing beers, but worth going to.

A: Fluffy orange-gold colour. Some haze. Decent retention and thickness of head.

Sm: Fruit ester hops.

T: Hoppy body. Alcohol. Barley on the finish. Clean (unlike 't Velootje itself). Crystal hops in the climax, which is unexpected but not unwelcome for the style. Built pretty standard all around. The balance is offset - especially by the alcohol.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet, the classic fallacy.

Dr: Average in quality and in price. Worth a try, but a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 10/2013. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a very nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. good spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big pear, apple, pepper, clove, bread, plum, earth, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, bread, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of malt sweetness with peppery spiciness; and nice flavor complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium full bodied; with a slightly slick and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel. Good flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy/amber peachy appearance...I wouldn't have thought an "abt" would resemble a tripel, that seems like what I'm in for...big, buoyant head, slowly settling...

Aroma: yeast, spice, fruit, ...very alert and lively, a boucy, flavorful affair, this...

Taste it, now...big spritz of taste, here,...large carbonation, quite a buzz on the tongue...peach and apricot on the palate, nicely hopped, ...oversized effervescence, spritzy and spicy...likeable, though, if I need to mention it.

Medium bodied, long, spicy, citric finish...nice ale, but not dazzling. I'll have one again, but it doesn't belong among the pantheon of Belgian greats, that we can attest to...despite that, lean back and enjoy the yeasty, fruity, spicy goodness!

I may also mention that the over-large alcoholic content is highly hidden until the end...10% what?, who?...oh...you...

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light malty sweetness along with a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry pale malt flavor along with a touch of sweetness and a mild estery character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with some prickly carbonation. This is an average Belgian ale. The yeast character is the only thing that makes this even remotely interesting.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

04/21/05- On tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer Month

Presentation- From the tap into a standard tulip.

Appearance- Golden-orange pour with a tight creamy white head and very sticky lace along the sides.

Smell- Had to sniff alot to bring out the fruity and sweet scents. Maybe a tad bit of clove to the nose.

Taste- Possibly the best tasting brew I have had. Very sweet and balanced with a mix of spices, pepper, and about a handful of fruits. Almost a bit sugary.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation, thick mouthcoating elixer.

Drinkability- Wow, if I didn't have to try others that I wanted I would have just had three of these and called it a day. Absolutely incredible.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasure to find this bold brew on tap at Hop Devil in NYC, poured light cloudy golden amber, with a spicy peppery nose, notes of lemon/lime spicy, yeasty belgian goodness. Drying and more spicyness and hops late. Fine and heady brew, Belgian lovers rejoice, go out and get some of this Belgian stunner and enjoy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of D.11.11; Sampled July 2010
A steady, classic pour into my chalice yields a one finger thick, off white colored head. The beer is a hazed, honey amber color. The aroma smells fruity and malty like a Tripel usually would. Aromas of bananas, big concentrated pear and some apple notes round out the fruit aromatics, while a hay like grain and honey like malt are also noticeable. The finish has some touches of warming, higher alcohols to it that adds a spiciness to the finish (notes of pepper, ginger are noticeable in addition to the heat).

The beer tastes quite sweet with a honey like malt character and lots of fruit flavors; pear, apple and even a hint of orange are noticeable. When paired with my food, the beer dries out quite a bit and a spiciness is accentuated; pepper, hot alcohol, ginger and an earthy, sort of coriander like note are each noticeable. Other noticeable flavors include a pale candi sugar sweetness, a touch of dried grassiness and some cracker like grain in the finish round out the flavors. This is a bit thick and chewy; it is definitely a Tripel that lives up to the Quad designation.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Spencer's grocery on MG Road in Bangalore. Surprise! I bought their new line of Belgiums....drank 'em all too.
Anyway, this poured a nice brown amber with sticky head. A bit of chunking as well. Looks really nice.
Sweet malt, caramel aroma. Yeast as well, of course, not as rich as say, a Chimay red. Taste follows aroma...sweet, malty, caramel. Hints of coriander as well. Nice.
Good sharp ending, not too harsh, but enough to say it's semi-dry. A good beer. Sweet to me, but overall a nice brew.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How delighted I was to be invited by my daughter to a Belgian beer night, although I was in fact expecting to find bland beers and lagers.

What a surprise then to be offered a corked and caged .75 litre green bottle of this fine beer. Best before 10/2009. I opened and poured all the beers during the evening, that way I can't complain if it is done wrongly.

Deep yellow in colour, the last glass poured had the sediment in, so that doesn't count in the looks stakes.

Yeast fills your nose, along with a sweetish sourish beery aroma only obtainable from Belgian breweries.

The taste was all about the yeast, but with a fizzy feel and again that strange Belgian sweet and sourness.

I very interesting beer, the 10% alcohol isn't overpowering in any way and the whole experience was enjoyable, a well crafted beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kapittel Abt (tripel) found on tap at a local pub specializing in belgian beer.

Pours a gold, semi hazy, with a solid bubbly froth and chalky lace residue leaving a ring after every sip. A fine looking beer.

Aroma of euro hops and some belgian yeast kicking in at the end.

Taste is kind of minerally, bready, with a late fruit sherbert like notion. Distant citrus and light fruits apparant but not at all sweet. Yeasty with a subtle twang. Bitter hops keep everything in check, concluded by a very dry appetizing finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chalky dry finish.

Drinkability normally suffers from high ABV but the alcohol content found here is well masked and this is a pleasant sipper that would be a great aperitif'.

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright haze of orange/gold with a pillowy white head that refuses to fade. Lots of sticky lacing around the entire glass.
Smell is of a Belgian yeast, lots of candy sugar, tropical fruits, yeasty dough, and a mild spiceyness to it that is like cloves and pepper.
Taste is of the same aromas with a touch of honey, and maybe orange peel somewhere in there.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with just the right amount of spiceyness and sweetness in this medium bodied brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours an impressive, somewhat cloudy, orange brown color. This beer has excellent foam/head retention, and outstanding lacing. On the nose one gets spice, Belgium candy, and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. It smells as if it's going to be on the sweet side, which it is. On the palate one can immediately sense this a very big beer, with a very full mouth feel. Flavors of cherry and ameretto predominate, but there is also some underflying citrus flavor as well. This beer is very, very rich and smooth, and has a very long, lingering, satisfying finish. The abv. is somewhat noticeable, but is not overwhelming by any means.

All and all, a very good beer....

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Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 10/2009, served lightly chilled in Tripel Karmaliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: lightly murky dark amber in colour, coming with a slowly dissipating off-white frothy head and pretty restrained and moderate carbonation.
S: deeply fruity-estery, full of overripe exotic fruits (Chinese pears, melon and pineapple even) and dried fruits (white pale prune and fig jam), sitting comfortably on a thick bedrock of equally aromatic pale malts with a due reminder of candy-sugar at the back. Very rich and aromatic, but nothing steps out of the line here - some kind of a balance is reached as a result.
T: the foretaste seems to be dominated by the esters like overripe exotic-fruits (as described above) and white candy-sugar, not terribly complex but enjoyable enough; a touch of grassy hop bitterness stays side-by-side with the richly estery and malty theme as a balancer, while a mildly chewy spiciness like coriander (at least the aroma) plus Chinese dried pale olives stands guard at the back of the palate throughout the drink. The finish is soothing and not alcoholic at all, underlined by a faintly chewy palate as a result of hop-bitterness as much as the fruity-yeasty flavour.
M&D: the palate is really commendable, showing only necessary amount of semi-lively carbonation to enliven the otherwise sweet flavour profile. This medium-bodied, reasonably dry as well as fruity Triple is very easy to drink esp. given very little alc. feel at presence. Not bad at all, albeit not in the league of extraordinary Tripels in my book.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour very slowly, thick pillowy white head that stays and leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet, smooth, no alcohol, finish is very mellow. It would be better to have a 500ml bottle of this. Pricey, $4.89 for a 330ml bottle from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
best before 0612
A- This beer pours a deep aged copper body that is hazy with jetsum bits and a gentle carbonation. There is a big bubbly white head that last for a short bit.

S- The soft candy sugar aroma has a monastery yeast hint and a soft green noble hop note in the finish.

T- The soft candy pale malt flavor leads to a green pine bite in the finish with some yeast esters coming through as the beer warms.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice soft sweetness with a big hop character at least for this style and a nice alcohol heat support.

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Photo of Tone
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, brown/copper color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, pine, slight citrus (grapefruit), sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of rice. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, rice, slight hops, and slight spice. Overall, decent appearance and blend, but weaker body and aroma than I'm accustomed too with Tripels.

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Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.